Sep 2018 - Feb 2019
Everyone loves a good story. Something within us is wired to connect to a well-crafted narrative.
Jesus understood this and often used parables to explain what it means to be part of God's Kingdom people. Parables have long been described as "earthly stories with heavenly meaning", which is certainly true. Jesus parables aren't all nice, neat, formulaic fables however.
In this series, we'll explore the nuances and depth of these spiritual stories. Specifically we'll concentrate on the parables found in Luke and discover how they still impact our lives today.
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
Duration: 36 mins 49 secs
One of the longest of Jesus' parables, this story isn't just about the wayward son. His brother and his father are also major characters and they all offer us major lessons about forgiveness and God's love.
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
Duration: 28 mins 46 secs
This short kind-of-obscure parable gets at the heart of why we serve God.
Do we do it because of some misguided concept of God having to return the favor?
Or do we obey God because it is the right thing and because of what God has done for us?
Sun, Jan 20, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 22 secs
This is one of the more fascinating parables Jesus told. And yet, at times we may be fascinated with the wrong parts of it.
In the end, we find three clear lessons about how we should act towards the poor and needy around us.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Duration: 31 mins 56 secs
We pick back up in our "Tales of the Kingdom" series with the parable of "The Unjust Steward".
This is a peculiar story because the hero is not a good person at all. How do we take this story? Can we learn positive things from a bad examples? We explore this conundrum in this sermon.
Sun, Nov 25, 2018
Duration: 30 mins 12 secs
Jesus gained a questionable reputation for hanging out with sinners.
He explains why in these two parables that get at the heart of his mission and the heart of God himself.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Duration: 32 mins 33 secs
Jesus doubles up with back-to-back parables that both focus on what it truly costs to follow him. In our environment where we have a lot of freedoms, it would be wise not to underestimate what it takes.
The sermon begins with me having asked our congregation if they'd ever met anyone famous.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
People wondering about the theological implications of tragedies leads to Jesus sharing the parable of the barren fig tree.
And within this story, we discover what our response should be when bad things happen.
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
Duration: 35 mins 21 secs
Jesus' parable of the rich fool teaches us some important lessons about how we view the blessings and avoid letting greed and covetousness take over.
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
Duration: 31 mins 48 secs
The last few weeks have been "prayer parables" and this passage fits to an extent. But the prayers featured in this story are less instructive than they are revealing.
Jesus uses the fictional prayers of the characters to reveal our hearts and show us what it takes to be in good standing with God.
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
Duration: 33 mins 17 secs
This parable is actually about much more than just "persistence" or "persevering".
The context shows us this is about how to pray when everything is going against us.
Thankfully, God does hear and will make things right.